Don't look now, but these handsome Ford F-Series pickups like this fully restored 1968 Ford F-100 Custom Cab are becoming legitimate collectors' items today. We can't seem to keep them in stock, and while it took a while for them to catch up to their Chevy competition, they represent a great way to get some vintage iron for not a lot of cash.
Of course, the biggest problem with collecting old pickups is finding the clean ones. You know, the ones that haven't been beaten, used to push a plow, or just ignored while tools beat up their beds. Fortunately, this F-100 seems to have been treated well for most of its life, so the bodywork is in good order and it doesn't feel used up. The classic Boxwood Green paint job is very recent and recalls the glory days of early working-class pickups, and this one has a vintage presence about it that makes it look right at home out by the barn. It was repainted as an above-average driver, so it's not a show piece, but it still shows incredibly well and a professional cut-and-buff might even elevate it to the regional show circuit. The grille is shiny, the front bumper and brightwork are new pieces, and it must have been a real challenge to find a tailgate insert that well-preserved. And speaking of the tailgate, the bed is in great shape with color-matched bedliner to let you know it doesn't mind working to earn its keep.
Working class accommodations don't have to be crude, and the fully restored interior was finished back to stock, highlighted by the comfortable bench seat. Today it's protected by a traditional two-tone green vinyl seat cover that gives it a familiar look and is actually rather comfortable and supportive. Fresh green carpets on the floor class things up a bit and that handsomely painted OEM steering wheel really dresses things up inside. The gauges offer an array of instruments to watch the engine, all surrounded in a stylish bright metal bezel. The original AM/FM radio is long gone, swapped in favor of the Retro-Sound AM/FM unit that's in the dash now, and the rear window is actually a sliding unit with all new glass, so the climate can be regulated a little better inside the cabin.
Ford trucks got their own line of engines, with the 360 cubic inch V8 in this one being a very popular choice. Reported to have new parts throughout, the list is highlighted by a recent valve job, new timing gears, gaskets, and a fuel and water pump, just to name a few. It's also quite neatly dressed, with a correct Ford Blue air cleaner adorned with a proper '360' decal, along with matching Ford Blue valve covers, just like you'd see in 1968. The motor fires to life with ease and runs incredibly well, and both power steering and fresh brakes and shocks are part of the package, so you can drive this truck daily if you feel like it but it'll be hard to keep your foot off the loud pedal once you feel all that torque. The chassis is quite clean, with nice undercoating and signs of maintenance throughout, and you won't find any rust or structural damage and plenty of evidence that this truck was purely transportation and not a workhorse. It has just the right stance to look sporty, which is surely enhanced by the slick American Racing aluminum wheels wearing 235/75/15 blackwall radials.
The market has definitely noticed these trucks, and this Boxwood Green beauty is about as nice as they come. Trucks this dialed-in don't tend to last long with us. Call today!